From: NCSL TODAY
To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: June 26: States are strengthening teacher preparation laws
Date: Thu Jun 26 14:41:37 MDT 2014
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Strengthening States for 40 Years

TOP NEWS  June 26, 2014

States are strengthening teacher-preparation laws
Governing
Many states are requiring tougher entry requirements for teacher colleges and proof of subject mastery before teachers can enter the classroom, according to a new report from the National Council on Teacher Quality. NCSL's Michelle Exstrom quoted.
NCSL research on teacher preparation and licensing


Indiana, Utah same-sex marriage bans struck down
Chicago Tribune
A U.S. appeals court struck down a gay marriage ban in conservative Utah on Wednesday and a federal judge rejected Indiana's prohibition of same-sex nuptials in the latest in a series of court rulings to allow gay couples to wed.
NCSL research on same-sex marriage.


Deal to end N.Y. Senate rift may give Democrats full control
The New York Times
A group of independent Democrats who share control of the New York State Senate with Republicans agreed on Wednesday to reunite with their fellow Democrats, a move that could shift the balance of power in Albany.


Montana notifies 1.3 million people whose data were hacked
Helena Independent Record
State officials said they’re notifying 1.3 million people whose personal data were in a state Department of Public Health and Human Service computer hacked by unknown assailants a year ago.


Georgia's new gun law triggers confusion for some
National Public Radio
Starting on July 1, when the Safe Carry Protection Act goes into effect, Georgians with gun permits will have many more places to take their weapons. The law is considered the most sweeping pro-gun measure passed in the U.S. this year. Opponents call it the "Guns Everywhere" bill.

Oregon getting closer to vote on legalized pot
Reuters
Advocates of legal recreational marijuana in Oregon plan to submit a ballot petition with more than 145,000 signatures on Thursday to force a vote in November on legalizing pot.
 
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California, N.Y. forge ahead on preclearance
One year after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act and allowed states to make changes to elections laws without first seeking federal approval, at least two states are looking to create their own systems of preclearance.
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